Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
John 17:11b-19; 1 John 5:9-15; Acts 1:12-26
In one way or another, all of this Sunday’s readings have to do with prayer. First, we hear Jesus praying to his Father for us, and in the midst of that prayer we are reminded how dependent we are on Christ for daily protection from the world’s influence and from Satan’s traps (John 17). The apostle John tells us to be confident when we pray, that the God who has given us eternal life is listening and will answer. He also reminds us to make all our requests “according to His will”, and not merely our own (1 John 5). Finally, Acts recalls how early Christians first expressed their unity of faith and mission by joining together in prayer. God answered by providing a twelfth apostle to take the place of Judas (Acts 1).
In your private prayers, remember to balance physical concerns (health, safety) with spiritual needs (willpower to resist sin, boldness to share your faith, forgiveness). This is one way to ensure that our will is being conformed to His through the act of prayer.